Mohamed from Sierra Leone, Munich, Germany
I am trying to be in peace with myself and to turn my sadness into happiness. I miss my family, my mother, my sisters, my close friends and my culture. When I came to Germany, the rst thing I realized was that my rights were very limited. Freedom is when you have total control of your life. To live in dignity for me means to be able to live my basic rights.
Eva from Uganda, Munich, Germany
Happiness for me means to be free in my mind. When I am free, I get a free heart and that is where happiness begins. I am praying for my baby to grow, I want to offer her a good education because she is part of my future. I hope to get ausbildungsplatz because I don’t want to live on social money. I want to work for myself. Maybe one time i take my daughter to uganda to see where her mother lived.
Abdul from Ghambia, Rome, Italy
To me happiness is owning something that I like. Being close to the people I love. In the future I hope to have a family and a job and to live in a country which is not at war. I would like a life without fear. I feel well here in Rome, I am learning Italian and I would like to become a cultural-linguistic mediator to help other people integrate into society. I would like to stay here, I like this city and its inhabitants
Bogar from Senegal, Rome, Italy
To me happiness means having a secure job. In the future I hope to be able to live here with my wife and daughter, who are still in Senegal. Here in Rome I am pleased with my current situation, although I am working without a contract. I don’t even know how long I can stay in this refugee centre. I might have to move to another city.
Mohammad from Afghanistan, Rome, Italy
We could say happiness means the fulfilment of a person’s wishes and goals. Health, love, work, money ... this is what we wish for. I would like to work in the cinema industry. It is not easy, but I’ve already started studying at Cinema School. This has always been my dream. I would like to show people reality by using video cameras. I also like photography. At the moment I am still very worried about my family in Afghanistan. But I am also worried about myself, my thoughts never stop. I already feel old but I am fighting against all this, I hope I will make it.
Vichie from Kamerun, Rome, Italy
To me happiness means leading a real life. Not like the one we are living right now. One day I hope to have children. I would like to be with someone who loves me, who is always there for me, who protects me and who asks me what I would like to eat when I get home. In the future I would like to work as a psychologist to help those who suffer. I would like to speak with these people and help them. At the moment I feel lost ...
Estelle from Kamerun, Rome, Italy
To me being happy means living in peace, with the people I love. It means leading a calm and secure life and being loved by others. I hope the future will be bright. More than anything else, I hope to lead a happy, stable life and that my dreams will come true. I would like to live without the fear of the past, continue my studies, become a strong woman and gain experience. At the moment I am not well, as the procedures make my situation difficult to bear. Living alone in an environment in which everything is new and unknown is not easy.
Diabel from Ghambia, Rome, Italy
Taking photos as part of this project makes me happy and gives me hope. In the future I hope to have a job and a family and to lead a peaceful and stable life. At the moment, life is very hard for me as I don’t have anything. My family are in Gambia. I miss my mother and my father. Whenever I have a little money, I call home.
Michael from Nigeria, Munich, Germany
Happiness to me means to live in a good environment, when you are happy with what you are doing whatever you are. Happiness is the result of what kind of people you ́re living with. If you are not living with the right people de nitively you will not be happy. For my future, I wish to be independent. To live in a life where we glorify god. At the moment, my feelings are not good at all because how and where i am living now there is no happiness. I hope for a change soon.
Between, Young Refugees in Search of a Life in Dignity
Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
An increasing number of children adolescents set off and leave parents and their countries of origin in search for decent and fair lives. They are exposed to many dangers during the months of their ight. When they arrive in Europe, they live in constant insecurity as they are threatened with immediate deportation.Refugees are unwelcome guests in Europe, whether they are adults, children or adolescents. European governments use all means at hand to prevent these people from entering European territories: Technological build-up at the borders, increase of risk when crossing the Mediterrane- an Sea, humiliating treatment by the administration, exclusion from regular life, livelihood at the lowest level.
Not only adults are treated this way, but also children and adolescents, quite a number of them arriving without parents or another trustworthy person. All European governments act this way, though they have ratified the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child and agreed to the obligation to provide appropriate protection and humanitarian support to these children.